For ages humans have wondered about the effects of a full moon on the planet. If tides are at their highest (and lowest) during this phase, wouldn’t anything that has a high water content, such as plant and animal life, be affected too?
Supposedly, timber isn’t harvested in tropical rainforests during a full moon as sap rises in the trees at that time. This phenomena attracts death-watch beetles, insects known to destroy timber. Does sap rise in the trees here too during a full moon?
There are nights when the wolves are silent, and only the moon howls.
~ George Carlin
Since a full moon is ten times brighter than a crescent moon, one would assume that nocturnal wildlife has more light with which to forage and hunt during the night hours. However, raccoon hunters often find their prey less active on full moon nights and some deer hunters believe that deer are actually more active at noon during a full moon. Despite all the research that’s been done, animal and human activity during this moon phase is still a mystery.
The two photos above were taken at 6 am this morning while the photo below was taken an hour later, half an hour before sunrise. It looks more like the sun than the moon is peeking out from behind the trees.
Full moons occur every 29.5 days and the next one will be on New Year’s Eve. Since it will be the second full moon of the calendar month, it will be what’s known as a ‘blue moon,’ an event that occurs, on average, once every three years.
When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the creator.
~ Mahatma Gandhi